Inspired Salvage in Mexico Transforming an abandoned refrigerator truck trailer/meth lab into a country home

By Barbara Thornburg, Tribune Newspapers Mexican architects Alejandro D'Acosta and Claudia Turrent have turned a priest's 19th century adobe house into a 21st century residence, rejiggered a hotel of ill repute into their architecture office and built a rammed earth dwelling into a seaside cliff. But it's their off-grid country home in the Valle de Guadalupe Mexican wine region that may be their most unusual project to date: The house is centered on an abandoned refrigerator truck trailer, but unlike the converted shipping container projects that have been so fashionable in architecture, this one is flipped up on its side -- a tower with rooms stacked vertically. Dubbed El Granito for the elephantine granite boulders that surround the property, the 50-acre parcel was the discovery of D'Acosta's brother, winemaker Hugo D'Acosta, and a friend while they were looking for land...

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